Justin Langer said he loved the combination of Joe Burns and David Warner.© AFP
Australia head coach Justin Langer on Friday hinted that Joe Burns will retain his place at the top of the batting order for the first Test against India from December 17. Batsman Will Pucovski was named in the Test squad on Thursday. Pucovski has been in some fine form. The right-handed batsman smashed two double centuries in Sheffield Shield innings this season.
“Will Pucovski is doing everything that’s humanly possible to play that first Test, and that’s something we have to weigh up; we should (also) never underestimate the job the guys have done to get us to where we are, and that philosophy and attitude has been a really strong part of the success of Australian cricket for a long time,” cricket.com.au quoted Langer as saying.
Langer referenced the strong partnership that Burns has had with David Warner, which also played an important role in Australia’s ascent to the top of the ICC Test rankings.
“We went through a period where there was lots of ins and outs, and in my view, we should back the guys in there. That can change, but its a pretty strong philosophy to stick to,” cricket.com.au quoted Langer as saying.
“Last time we played Test cricket, we loved the combination of Joe Burns and David Warner. They’ve got a real synergy, they work well together, so at this point I’d say that’ll remain the same,” he added.
Cricket Australia has also chosen a 19-player Australia A squad to play India A and India in tour matches at Drummoyne Oval and the Sydney Cricket Ground which includes nine players from the Test squad and Australian captain Tim Paine. Final sides and a captain will be chosen closer to each match.
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